Coma

Definition

Coma is unconsciousness caused by a disease, injury or poison. A person in a coma is described as comatose.

Causes

Causes of coma include disease, injury and poisoning.

Treatment

Treatment depends on the cause of coma. Some of the causes are treatable and reversible and others may result in a permanent comatose state.

Comments

Coma is a serious condition. Tests including X-rays, blood tests, spinal tap (lumbar puncture), and electroencephalography (EEG) may be performed to determine the cause. Many patients recover, however, others may remain comatose or get worse.

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